20 million get sick each year from norovirus -- stomach flu -- in the United States

June 4, 2014 7:28 PM

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20 million get sick each year from norovirus -- stomach flu -- in the United States

"Norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food in restaurants are far too common," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement.

Norovirus is extremely contagious, with an estimated infectious dose as low as 18 viral particles -- the amount on the head of a pin could sicken more than 1,000 people.

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